Report: Chicago police are shooting fewer civilians since the Laquan McDonald video release, and other news | Bleader

Report: Chicago police are shooting fewer civilians since the Laquan McDonald video release, and other news

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Laquan McDonald walks down the street moments before being fatally shot by Jason Van Dyke in a frame of the dash-cam video provided by police. - CHICAGO POLICE DEPARTMENT VIA AP FILE
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  • Laquan McDonald walks down the street moments before being fatally shot by Jason Van Dyke in a frame of the dash-cam video provided by police.

Welcome to the Reader's morning briefing for Tuesday, November 1, 2016.

  • Weather: Warm and partly sunny

The first day of November will be beautiful and unseasonably warm, with a high of 73 and a low of 59. It will be partly sunny during the day and mostly cloudy during the evening. [AccuWeather]

  • Chicago police are shooting fewer people since outrage erupted over Laquan McDonald

Fewer Chicagoans have been shot by police officers, and the Chicago Police Department has received fewer civilian complaints since dash-cam video of the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald was released in 2015, according to FiveThirtyEight. On the other hand, the site claims that Chicago police officers have been less aggressive and proactive since the McDonald video sparked protests and outrage, which is the apparent cause of the decline in shootings and complaints. [FiveThirtyEight]

  • Local start-up helps voters make informed choices on every race

Two recent University of Chicago graduates founded BallotReady, an online start-up that allows American voters "to enter their address, get their ballot, read aggregated information about candidates and ballot measures, and save their choices to take with them in the voting booth," according to Chicago magazine. Cofounder Alex Niemczewski came up with the idea after her experience voting in the 2012 general election in Chicago, where there can be nearly 100 choices to make on the ballot. "I was very ready, and psyched to vote for president, but when I got to the voting booth, I saw all these offices that I didn't really know what they were responsible for, and all these names on the ballot I'd never heard before," she told the magazine. "I left feeling pretty guilty. I didn't want that to happen again." [Chicago]

  • Man shot in viral Facebook Live post in March was killed over the weekend

Brian Fields was shot and killed while sitting in a car in a gas station parking lot in Back of the Yards Friday. The 30-year-old had previously been shot and injured while live-streaming on Facebook in a March 31st post that went viral. [DNAinfo Chicago]

  • The last worker's cottage in the Gold Coast will be torn down

The last remaining postfire worker's cottage in the Gold Coast will be demolished after selling for $1.5 million this summer. The house, at 1241 N. State Parkway, was built in 1872, a year after the Great Chicago Fire. It will be torn down in order to build a three-story residence on the site. [Curbed Chicago]

  • Minneapolis's loss is Chicago area's gain in craft beer

Minneapolis-based Surly Brewing Co. has lost its well-known brewmaster, Todd Haug, to Indiana's Three Floyds Brewery. Three Floyds, which is based in Munster, is working on an expansion, including a distillery, and Haug helped grow Surly into one of the most popular craft breweries in the midwest. [City Pages Minneapolis]


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